LANCASTER — The "serial flasher" accused of exposing himself at several Lancaster businesses over the past several months called police late Thursday to ask why his picture was on the news, according to police documents.
On Friday, police charged Jared Pawless, 29, of Lancaster with two counts off indecent exposure. His arrest comes a day after police disseminated a surveillance image of a man they said walked into several city businesses this year, exposing himself to customers and employees. Police also circulated a picture of the white car they believe he was driving.
Pawless called the police department asking why his picture was on the news, the arrest warrant states. Once he was identified as the suspect police were looking for, officers generated a six-person photographic lineup that contained an image of Pawless and showed it to an employee in one of the stores.
The employee, "without hesitation," picked Pawless out as the suspect, the warrant states.
Pawless did not go to speak with officers "with the intent of turning himself in," said Lancaster Police Capt. Scott Grant.
As police began questioning him about his alleged flashing, Pawless demanded an attorney, Grant said, and on Friday afternoon had not been very cooperative with officers.
Pawless charges stem from two incidents reported earlier this year.
On Jan. 28, police say he exposed himself to a woman while in the parking lot of the Shoe Dept. store on the S.C. 9 Bypass, according to an arrest warrant. The woman told police that after getting into her car, she noticed a white Ford Mustang parked beside her. The driver, identified as Pawless, opened the door. He was completely nude from the waist down, the report states, and she did not see any clothes on him from his knees upward. He drove away toward Walmart.
On March 25, police say Pawless walked into a Murphys Express gas station and stood in front of a cash register while an employee was completing a transaction for another customer. As the customer began to walk away, Pawless unzipped his pants and exposed himself, according to the arrest warrant. Pawless then maneuvered himself so the employee could see him. He purchased an item in the store, the warrant states, and then left in a white Ford Mustang.
Authorities are still investigating other incidents.